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Lukewarm for Leavitt:

President Bush?¢â??¬â??¢s selection of Environmental Protection Agency head Mike Leavitt as secretary of Health and Human Services failed to generate much enthusiasm among conservatives who had hoped the department would take a new direction with retiring Secretary Tommy Thompson out of the picture. Deputy Secretary Claude Allen would have appeased social conservatives skeptical of Leavitt?¢â??¬â??¢s record in that area.

?¢â??¬???The best predictor of future positions on controversial issues is the record of past decisions,?¢â??¬  said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. As a governor, Leavitt rejected Utah?¢â??¬â??¢s court appeal over the state?¢â??¬â??¢s anti-abortion law and also shifted federal money for abstinence education to other programs.

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